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lapins!

I have the best friends. Dearest darling Clovia sent me Mr Clement Lapins. They are like perfect little rêveurs, they even came with the scarves!*   *The hardcore circus fans wear red scarves.

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reading

I am all reading & writing & very little arithmetic around here lately, so in lieu of actual blog content, here is a peek at the latest additions to the ever-growing to-read pile: The Thin Man is my last Hammett novel left to read, sadly, though I have plenty of short stories to crawl into […]

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flax-golden tales: ideas

ideas Where do you get your ideas? people ask, as though they want the address of a store where they can buy Ideas in bulk, wrapped in plastic for durability. With “IDEAS!” in eye-catching lettering on the package and a 40% discount. But as far as I know, there is no such store. So the […]

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links & a kitten in a box

Two (2!) ways you can give money for Japan relief and get cool things in the process: My beloved Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab has put up Yoshitoshi Holding Back the Night scents with proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders. They’re available until May 19th, and in addition, for March only, proceeds from their Kyoto & […]

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i dreamt i went to manderley again

Okay, adventure recount time, finally! Only about a week overdue. Last week we went down to NYC for a couple of days. We went to see Sleep No More. Twice. Because I knew as soon as they announced the NYC run that once would not be enough. (Twice was not enough, either.) For those of […]

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monday miscellany

It is the first day of Spring! It is snowing. Seriously. It is also Bucket’s birthday! Bucket is 8 years old today. She has no comment on her birthday snow. She also has the same birthday as Bach, Gary Oldman, and Twitter. We (not including Bucket) spent yesterday in South Boston for the St. Patrick’s […]

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flax-golden tales: the practical concerns of painted elephants: a dialogue

  the practical concerns of painted elephants: a dialogue — The elephant is dreaming of the circus. — No. — No? — That’s not a parasol, it’s an umbrella. — What’s the difference? — A parasol is decorative, or for blocking unwanted sun. That’s an umbrella. — Then what’s the elephant doing with an umbrella? […]

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photo tease & facebook

Haven’t had time to write up my adventure report properly, but in the meantime here’s a photographic tease to give you some flavor: Also, I have a facebook author page! The lovelies at Doubleday have done a marvelous job setting it up & at some point soon I’ll have access to update it & comment […]

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night circus cover

I’m on a train surrounded by fog & trees. I’ve had an adventurous couple of days which I will describe in detail later, but for now, in case you haven’t seen it elsewhere in the wilds of the internet, this is the cover for THE NIGHT CIRCUS:   I said when I first saw a […]

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early night circus, uk version

I always expect Saturdays to be boring mail days but sometimes they surprise me. Look what just arrived:   Bound proof of THE NIGHT CIRCUS from my wonderful UK publisher, Harvill Secker. They call them bound proofs, which is nice & easy & doesn’t involve wondering what ARC stands for, precisely. The cover makes me […]

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